Tech Tuesday: Securing Online Data
Last week I showed you how to track your data like the NSA with Immersion, a program that digs through your gmail account. This week I’ve found an article, How to hide your data from Internet snoops, by Doug Gross, CNN, that shows you how to encrypt your email and online data, internet surfing, etc, from prying eyes. One easy way to do this is through Encryption. “Encryption is a method of securing your files, including e-mail, by encoding it so that the intended recipient can read it, but anyone who may intercept the message along the way cannot.” Doug states, in a nutshell:
A “secure sockets layer” (SSL) provides a layer of security during everything from Web browsing to text messaging. Many major websites offer the option of using a secure connection all the time. Williamson and other security experts suggest doing this when given the option.
If not — sometimes it can be as easy as tweaking “http” to “https” in your browser’s address bar.
Most major e-mail services, like Outlook and Gmail, offer some form of encryption. Check your e-mail’s security settings for options.
But for people who are really worried about their e-mails being intercepted — and that’s always just an unsecured network and an eager hacker away — Williamson suggests buying encryption software.
In effect, disk encryption scrambles everything stored to your computer, requiring a password or other approved recovery tool to decode it. So, if your computer falls into the wrong hands, all won’t be lost.
So, using email encryption, secure web browsers and encrypting your harddrive in case you lose your computer.